Two football fans face felony charges after police said they used fake COVID-19 vaccine cards to get into a Buffalo Bills playoff games.
Michael Naab, 34, and Amber Naab, 37, were both charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
Investigators said the two used fake cards to enter Highmark Stadium in Buffalo before the team’s game on Jan. 15. The duo used the cards to get around the state’s vaccination policy, prosecutors said.
The case is the first in Erie County related to the alleged falsifying of vaccine cards, prosecutors noted.
“This legislation specifically states that a vaccination card is a written instrument, which makes it clear that presenting a fake vaccine card, with the intent to defraud another person or entity, is a crime. I am committed to keeping the residents of Erie County safe, which includes upholding laws related to public health. These two defendants are accused of using a fake vaccine card to intentionally violate the rules at the stadium, potentially putting the health of other fans at risk. As I have stated before, if you present a fake vaccine card, you will be prosecuted,” said Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.
If convicted, the duo faces a maximum of 7 years in prison.